Crews work on 2nd concrete pour on main span of new U.S. 60 Cumberland River “Smithland” Bridge
LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet took advantage of a week of warmer weather to move ahead with a second concrete pour on the main span of the new U.S. 60 Cumberland River “Smithland” Bridge in Livingston County.
The crew started receiving concrete at about 9 a.m., Tuesday. Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers anticipates putting down 280 to 300 yards of concrete by dark Tuesday.
Once this pour is completed, workers will continue placing rebar as weather allows to prepare for the next concrete pour. It will take about two weeks of warm, dry weather to get prepared for the next round of concrete placement on the main deck, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Once the deck on the main span is completed, workers will move their focus to adding electrical conduit to be encased in the barrier wall on each side of the driving surface. Once the conduit is in place, the contractor will schedule several more concrete pours to complete the barrier wall.
Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor on the $63.6 million project to erect the new 1,912 ft. structure immediately downstream from the existing bridge. The existing bridge opened to traffic in 1931.
Here is the construction schedule for the new bridge for 2023:
Completion of concrete placement on the main span
U.S. 60 highway connections final tie-in
Traffic moved to new bridge
Demolition of the old bridge
Final roadway driving surface and finish work
Target completion date for all work is Dec. 1, 2023
The new bridge will have a 40-foot-wide, two-lane deck with 12-foot driving lanes and 8-foot shoulders that will allow clearance for most farm equipment to cross without stopping oncoming traffic.
The new bridge will have no piers in the water during normal river conditions. That is to aid river navigation on the Cumberland River.
The new bridge will improve a significant cross-country link for U.S. 60 through western Kentucky and a critical connection for local Livingston County traffic. The Cumberland River splits the county, making the bridge is the only direct link for local commuters, commerce, school buses, and emergency responders.